A Week in the Word –Beyond Excuses

Each week in our “Week in the Word” feature, I like to highlight a message from a voice of faith here in the south-land which speaks to the issues of our day, or calls us to a deeper spirituality.


In this message, Rev. Dr. Jill Edens, soon to retire after over three decades of being a leading progressive voice here in North Carolina, speaks to how we often come up with high-minded excuses or exclusions to the costly way of Jesus.   Dr. Edens makes the powerful case that when we realize Jesus does not call us to try to follow him all on our own, but calls us into deep community, such excuses and exclusions fall to the wayside.  We are better together, and through rooting ourselves in and building up communities committed to making Jesus’ vision a reality, we can do together what seems impossible alone.  I can’t think of a more important message today.  I hope it blesses you like it blessed me.

If you have a message you’ve seen or heard from progressive voices of faith here in the south-land, please let me know so I can highlight them.

Your progressive redneck preacher,





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